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If you look around, it seems most other themes are largely sold out as well.  (I'm also in the USA.) Maybe they are focusing all manufacturing capacity on the 2021 sets?

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I prefer to to shop @lego website due to collecting VIP points and free lego gifts and last year I was able to shop a few weeks before but it did take a month later to received my back orders  but the corvid is the reason but no back order options ..hummm  The prices @ amazon are ok but i wouldnt be surprised in the next few days they will go up..  Is this issue only at America?  Just curious 

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It's not just Technic. Pretty much every theme is mostly sold out on the U.S. shop. People being stuck at home has dramatically increased demand this year (especially online) even as supply has been impacted by intermittent factory shutdowns.

If you need to get a set before Christmas and can do so safely, I'd recommend checking out physical stores (either a Lego Brand store or a store like Target or Walmart), since they might be slightly more likely to have what you're looking for.

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Not even a back order option is driving me crazy!!   I wonder how long this will last and when the 2021 models come out, I wouldn't be surprised they will get sold out in the first week!! Crazy!!

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Number and percent of licensed sets over the years:

2011: 1/10. 10% (Mercedes-Benz)
2012: 0/9. 0%
2013: 0/12. 0%
2014: 1/11. 9% (Volvo)
2015: 1/13. 7% (Mercedes-Benz)
2016: 3/12. 25% (Porsche, Volvo, Claas)
2017: 1/13. 7% (BMW)
2018: 3/14. 21% (Bugatti, Volvo, Mack)
2019: 4/14. 28% (Liebherr, Porsche, Land Rover, Corvette)
2020: 7/14. 50% (Lamborghini, Volvo, Bell-Boeing, Dodge Charger, Ducatti, Top Gear, Claas)
2021: 8/15. 53% (Ferrari, McLaren, Jeep, Monster Jam x2, Caterpillar, Mercedes-Benz, unknown IP for 42126)

 

Numbers of sets with no B model through the years:

2011: 0/10
2012: 0/9
2013: 0/12
2014: 0/11
2015: 0/13
2016: 1/12. 8%. (42056)
2017: 0/13
2018: 1/14. 7%. (42083)
2019: 4/14. 28% (42056, 42099, 42100, 42110)
2020: 8/14. 57% (42107, 42108, 42109, 42111, 42112, 42113, 42114, 42115)

 

Numbers of car and racer sets through the years. SUVs are counted. Off-roaders aren't counted.

2011: 2/10. 20%. (8070, 8081)
2012: 0/9. 
2013: 3/12. 25%. (42000, 42010, 42011)
2014: 3/11. 27%. (42022, 42026, 42027)
2015: 2/13. 15%  (42039, 42033)
2016: 5/12. 41%. (42046, 42047, 42048, 42050, 42056)
2017: 0/13.
2018: 4/14. 28%. (42072, 42073, 42077, 42083)
2019: 5/14. 35% (42090, 42091, 42093, 42096, 42110)
2020: 6/14. 57% (42101, 42103, 42104, 42109, 42111)
2021: 4/14. 28% (42122, 42123, 42124, 42125). Assuming 42126 isn't a car.

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I'm actually quite happy that the number of licensed sets are increasing. However, I'm not okay the fact that many sets doesn't have B-models...

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While looking for some interesting MOC to build today, I suddenly remembered the discussion of a white Mobile Crane by a Chinese brand before the release of the 42108 Mobile Crane last year. As far as I recalled some members seemed to be fond of this model and regarded it to be preferable to the 42108 set. 

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I managed to find some speed build videos of this model on Youtube, so I plan to recreate it in Stud.io and share the part list and instruction. 

Anyone interested?

@Jim Does my plan violate community standards of any sort? As far as I understand the model is no different from a MOC.

 

 

 

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I am interested! Looking for something like that for ages.

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Posted (edited)

...is that a metal Hook? 

I will hunt that set only for that hook

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3 hours ago, Ngoc Nguyen said:

Anyone interested?

Absolutely! I've wanted to build it for ages but couldn't find instructions anywhere

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13 minutes ago, allanp said:

Random thought, is 8480 a licenced set?

No.

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On 3/30/2021 at 8:39 AM, Ngoc Nguyen said:

@Jim Does my plan violate community standards of any sort? As far as I understand the model is no different from a MOC.

Proceed! Looks like a nifty little crane.

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I've been looking at that crane a while ago, but couldn't find instructions so I let it go. If you manage to build it in Studi.io I would be happy to add it to my building queue.

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I find this mobile crane very cute and would happily give it a shot too!

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It is well-established that heavier-than-air, pure Technic models cannot fly, and also that all Technic parts are heavier than air. However, a while ago I had the idea that it could be fun to make a light-as-air flying machine using helium balloons. The operating principle would be very similar to that of the Technic submarines that show up now and then, with the weight of the model carefully adjusted to counteract the lift of the helium balloons. Ideally, it would be tuned to the point that it would have almost the exact same density as air, causing it to remain at the same altitude it is placed in in the air, somewhat like a rather flat helium balloon. Once this equilibrium was set up, the model could be controlled using fans allowing control in X, Y, and Z axes, again, just like Lego submarines.

Of course, this is not at all a true Technic flying machine, but I think it could be quite interesting to see. The only thing that prevented me from trying it originally was cost. My calculations suggested that a bare minimum of twenty balloons would be required to lift the model, and at $1 a piece, I was simply unwilling to throw that kind of money at an uncertain project, that wouldn't even last long until the balloons had leaked past the point of usability. Honestly, I'm really posting it in hopes that one of the more profligate of you users will give this idea a shot to see if it works!

Anyways, that is my idea.

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Something like that? :-)

Although, it's still powered by non-lego motors, as it seems.... But he also used rather heavy system bricks for a high level of detail. With weight-optimized building, this surely is possible to make it airborne with a much smaller balloon.

 

 

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Yeah, that is the basic idea.

That's quite a cool model, though it seems a shame that they had to resort to non-Lego electronics!

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7 hours ago, 2GodBDGlory said:

Yeah, that is the basic idea.

That's quite a cool model, though it seems a shame that they had to resort to non-Lego electronics!

Most likely weight was too much and/or power was too low.

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Where the hell did set numbers 42012, 42013, 42014, 42015, 42016, 42017, 42018 and 42019 go?

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